Apollo the Python-Slayer

Apollo the Python-Slayer

c. 350 BC

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attributed to Praxiteles

(Greek, c. 400BC-c. 330BC)

Bronze, copper and stone inlay

Overall: 150 x 50.3 x 66.8 cm (59 1/16 x 19 13/16 x 26 5/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2004.30

Fun Fact

Apollo, son of Zeus and Leto, is depicted as an adolescent rather than a mature god.

Description

This bronze sculpture of Apollo formerly known as "Sauroktonos," or lizard-slayer, is attributed to the renowned Greek sculptor Praxiteles. The survival of an original bronze sculpture attributed to a known artist in ancient Greece is extraordinarily rare. This sculptor is otherwise known only from Roman marble copies of his works.

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